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Rep. Nancy Barto

Republican

Senate District 15

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OPPOSE

Mandatory sentences give the public, especially crime victims, the assurance that justice is served and the public protected from future threats. Their voices must be heard in mms discussions. I am certainly willing to consider changes where warranted, however. Further definitions of non-dangerous may be necessary when considering mms reductions.

OPPOSE

I support a reassessment of mms in general but abide by the principle that the Legislature is the policy-making branch of government and disagree that they should abdicate that responsibility to Judicial discretion. Changes should be considered through the legislative process.

OPPOSE

Having said that, I do support legislative reforms enabling appropriate treatment in lieu of some drug and mental health related offenses, but crime victims must be considered and the public protected. I sponsored legislation on these issues in 2020.

SUPPORT

I would support with the caveat that the Legislature provide clear guidance to the courts regarding these rare circumstances.

OPPOSE

There is probably a real need to address this issue and would welcome discussions on the best way to ensure the criminal justice system has exceptions in such cases. The courts should expect clear guidance from the legislating body.

SUPPORT

I supported the bill as introduced with the expectation that it would be significantly amended with parameters defining the circumstances a mms would apply to those engaged in selling the substance. I oppose a strict mms for possession alone.

OPPOSE

I remain open to learning more about the as I haven’t looked into how it might work practically speaking, but support the principle that the Legislature is the policymaking body and should not abdicate that responsibility to the Judicial branch responsible for carrying out the law.